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Born: 1929-09-05
Profession: Comedian
Nation: American
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I was not influenced by Jack Benny, and people have remarked on my timing and Jack's timing, but I don't think you can teach timing. It's something you hear in your head.

Tags: Head, Hear, Teach

It was a decision to work clean. I just prefer to work that way. I have no problem with comedians who don't work that way. There was a temptation in the early '70s to reconsider. I decided against it.

Tags: Decision, Problem, Work

Jack Benny was, without a doubt, the bravest comedian I have ever seen work. He wasn't afraid of silence. He would take as long as it took to tell the story.

Tags: Doubt, Silence, Work

The first time I got up in front of an audience was terror, abject terror, which continued for another four or five years. There still is, a little bit.

Tags: Another, Bit, Time

The only thing I have never done is a Broadway play. I'm not sure I have the discipline necessary to do a Broadway play. I know it holds a fascination for certain actors.

Tags: Discipline, Done, Sure

Well, my career choice made a difference because I never would have met my wife, Jenny. I met her through comedian Buddy Hackett. He set us up on a blind date and then we got married.

Tags: Career, Her, Wife

When I started out in 1960, I thought it might possibly last a couple of years. I never expected it to last 42. I take great satisfaction in that longevity.

Tags: Great, Last, Thought

When you're going for a joke, you're stuck out there if it doesn't work. There's nowhere to go. You've done the drum role and the cymbal clash and you're out on the end of the plank.

Tags: Done, End, Work

I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down'.

Tags: Country, Mean, Music

I'm most proud of the longevity of my marriage, my kids, and my grandchildren. If you don't have that, you really don't have very much.

Tags: Kids, Marriage, Proud

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.

Tags: Laughter, Move, Step

I was never a Certified Public Accountant. I just had a degree in accounting. It would require passing a test, which I would not have been able to do.

Tags: Able, Graduation, Public

I think you should be a child for as long as you can. I have been successful for 74 years being able to do that. Don't rush into adulthood, it isn't all that much fun.

Tags: Able, Fun, Successful

Comedians are never really on vacation because you're always at attention... that antenna is always out there.

Tags: Attention, Comedians, Vacation

It's getting harder and harder to differentiate between schizophrenics and people talking on a cell phone. It still brings me up short to walk by somebody who appears to be talking to themselves.

Tags: Between, Getting, Short

All I can say about life is, 'Oh God, enjoy it!'

Tags: Enjoy, God, Life

All comedians are, in a way, anarchists. Our job is to make fun of the existing world.

Tags: Existing, Fun, Job

Don't be silly and don't waste your time.

Tags: Silly, Time, Waste

Funny is funny is funny.

Tags: Funny

I don't have a stack of scripts.

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I love portraying the totally indifferent person.

Tags: Love, Portraying, Totally

I think one reason for a successful marriage is laughter. I think laughter gets you through the rough moments in a marriage.

Tags: Laughter, Marriage, Successful

I think there's a part, just a part of comedians, that is still childlike.

Tags: Childlike, Comedians

I was influenced by every comedian I ever saw work. That's the only way you learn how to do it.

Tags: Influenced, Learn, Work

I'm very open to the up-and-comers.

Tags: Open

I've been a very lucky actor.

Tags: Actor, Lucky
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I've been told to speed up my delivery when I perform. But if I lose the stammer, I'm just another slightly amusing accountant.

Tags: Another, Lose, Speed

This stammer got me a home in Beverly Hills, and I'm not about to screw with it now.

Tags: Hills, Home, Screw

Well I was much too practical to presume to have a career in comedy.

Tags: Career, Comedy, Practical

You do a clean show and it's over and the audience have enjoyed themselves and you've enjoyed yourself, and you haven't had to resort to shock.

Tags: Show, Themselves, Yourself

I worked in accounting for two and a half years, realized that wasn't what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and decided I was just going to give comedy a try.

Tags: Give, Life, Try

I don't know how many sacred cows there are today. I think there's a little confusion between humor and gross passing for humor. That's kind of regrettable.

Tags: Confusion, Humor, Today

I really don't know what makes a comedian. I think it's a family background and environment. Yet if you put the same ingredients in another person, he may never utter a funny line.

Tags: Family, Funny, May

I have never lived through any time in my career when there haven't been grave challenges facing newspapers.

Tags: Career, Lived, Time

Andy Stasiuk was a newsman of the old school of front-page journalism - tough, knowledgeable, cynical, single-minded and fun. He covered the news as a happy warrior in an era of cutthroat editorial competition.

Tags: Fun, Happy, School
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